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Heidelberg University represented by CellNetworks at GAIN annual convention in San Francisco
Posted September 01 2011
New perspectives for returnees to the German scientific community

Heidelberg University is present on the annual convention of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in San Francisco from 2 to 4 September 2011. The meeting of the network is giving opportunity to young German scientists currently working in the US and Canada to get information about career perspectives in Germany and Europe. In addition to around 300 junior researchers many representatives of the German scientific community, politics and economy are expected to visit the convention.

Numerous talks and workshops are scheduled for the meeting, offering information on the funding possibilities for returnees, possible ways towards a professorship and the building up of a junior group in Germany. Moreover, German universities, research institutions and enterprises are presenting themselves on a so-called ‘Talent Fair’.

As representative of the Ruperto Carola Dr. May-Britt Becker of the Cluster of Excellence CellNetworks is going to contact highly qualified junior scientists in San Francisco. GAIN aims at stopping Germany's loss of scientific expertise  through a continuous exit abroad by well educated academics.

The GAIN network is a common initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), the annual convention being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Apart from the commitment for the return of German scientists to their home country, GAIN is also fostering cooperation and dialogue between researchers in the USA and Germany.